Susan Koppenhaver, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families. We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
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A Message from Director Susan Koppenhaver
Hello to all of you in the doldrums of January and February! The winter months can be gray and depressing, so we are embarking upon a project to start bringing some fun into the Senior Sites!
We have started purchasing and establishing Game Days. In the Senior Hub, for instance, we were able to procure a number of games, have a place to store them, and hope to start planning a day where our Seniors can join up for some good times. We would like to be able to have a dedicated person/day in each site – they don’t have to be every week, but at least once a month, and a someone or someones who might be willing to lead them! We will also, hopefully, have some help from interns, and also from local high school students from a joint venture – more on that!
Games and game playing are vital to stemming the aging process in your brain. Cognitive exercise, thinking and strategy games, word and crossword games, crafts, and activities like that have many benefits, not the least of which is socialization, laughter, thinking and fun!
To that end, we have purchased chess, backgammon, memory games, crosswords, Scrabble, card games we hope to teach groups, and many other opportunities to get folks together for some fun on a regular basis. Brain games, trivia and word games are also vital for keeping our memories sharp!
We hope you find this a welcome idea, and we look forward to seeing you at the Congregate sites (for now, anyway) to start up our Gaming!
MAY THE GAMES BEGIN, AND MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!
Joining you in the fun,
A Message Patrick K. Ryan, Ulster County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
On January 30, I delivered my State of the County address and for the first time we held the speech at Kingston High School in front of an audience of students from all around Ulster County. We did this because as County Executive, I want to engage directly with our next generation of leaders. As a graduate of Kingston High School myself, I could not help but be reminded of how I had often been told that to find success one needed to leave our area. My message to students was simple, that is not true - and together we must work to ensure that our community is a place where everyone can be successful.
Additionally, we have some exciting news regarding Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT). Passengers on UCAT’s Red, Yellow and Blue routes in the City of Kingston will continue to ride free through March 31, 2020. I understand that transportation is a concern for many so I want to also remind you of the services offered by our Office for the Aging (OFA) and UCAT. If you are sixty years of age or older there are free rides for shopping and medical appointments: one (1) round trip for shopping and two (2) round trips for medical appointments per week on the UCAT system or the OFA medical van. You must first register by calling OFA at 845-340-3456 or UCAT 845-334-8120 or register online at http://ulstercountyny.gov/ucat/ofa-registration and then you can make advanced reservations for medical appointments or shopping trips going forward. Please note that service is based upon availability and reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance. Medicaid clients must use the Medical Answering Services/MAS system by calling 1-866-287-0983.
In addition, please feel free to contact the Office for the Aging at 845-340-3456 or my office at 845-340-3800 if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Patrick K. Ryan
Ulster County Executive
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.